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PBKS vs RCB: “I challenge myself to be as good as Jasprit Bumrah”

India and Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) seam, Harshal Patelhas been making waves in the ongoing IPL 2024 since the dismissal of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) legend MS Dhoni with a first-ball duck in the ongoing IPL 2024. Patel has been impressive with the ball in the tournament so far.

With 17 wickets from 11 matches for the Punjab Kings (PBKS)Patel is currently ranked as the second-highest wicket-taker in the ongoing IPL 2024, behind only India and Mumbai Indians top pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who has 18 wickets to his name from 12 matches.

As Patel gears up for a crucial IPL 2024 match against his former franchise Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) on May 9, the seamer reflected on his performance, his admiration for Bumrah as a death bowler and his dedication to furthering the art of bowling among the to master. the Yorkers.

Harshal Patel wants to emulate Jasprit Bumrah’s approach

Despite his impressive wicket-taking abilities, Patel admitted he was concerned about his economy, which stands at over nine runs per over. While tackling this challenge, the Indian bowler emphasized the importance of striking a balance between controlling runs and taking wickets. Patel expressed his commitment to improve on this aspect to effectively contribute to his team’s success.

Harshal Patel was quoted by ESPNcricinfo: “I’ve kind of figured out what I need to do to be able to strike out hitters when I need to, and there’s a lot of skill aspects to that as well. I have been consistently working on those skills even before the season.”

Harshal admitted that he has not yet lived up to expectations but aims to emulate Bumrah’s approach of sustaining the economy while taking wickets in the ongoing IPL 2024. He further noted: “I haven’t been able to do it consistently in the game, but I’m on the right track, and if it all comes together, I want to be as good as someone like Jasprit Bumrah, because we keep talking about bowlers going at nine or ten at a time and in this IPL there has been one fast bowler Bumrah who usually goes for less than six. I challenge myself to be as good as him.”

Harshal Patel talks about his execution

Moreover, Harshal Patel emphasized on the importance of executing his deliveries accurately as he believes batters struggle to connect with his deliveries when he delivers effectively. He is also confident in his execution, which allows him to bowl six deliveries in a row without getting hit consistently.

Harshal also admitted that batters occasionally manage to connect with one pitch, but typically struggle otherwise. He is willing to bowl six slower balls in a row if possible. Despite being labeled as a “pacer who bowls off-spin”, Harshal remains unfazed as he focuses only on execution and effectiveness in his bowling strategy.

Interestingly, PBKS are currently at 8th position in the IPL 2024 points table with 8 points from 11 matches so far.